Hog hunting refers to the hunting of wild boar, which applies to the entire hog species, regardless of development stage or sex. They generally measure from 35 inches to 79 inches in length not counting the tail and have a shoulder height of 22 inches to 43 inches. They also have an average weight of 110 lbs to 200 lbs; however, weight can vary greatly depending on the geographic location. Adult males grow tusks that grow form the upper and lower canine teeth. The upper tusks are bent upwards and ground to sharp edges by the lower tusks. Males typically live in solitude when not in breeding season, but the females and their offspring live in groups called sounders. Wild boar generally are crepuscular (dawn and dusk) or nocturnal. The age of puberty for wild boar sow is from 6 to 24 months, while the males hit puberty when they reach about 70 lbs. Wild boar are not native to America so they have no season and no bag limit. The minimum safe caliber for hunting boar is recommended at .243 caliber with 85 grain. Although they are not classified as game animals, check with your rules and regulations for hunting, trapping, and transporting hogs, because the regulations change per area. Become a member today and save money on gear, services and more!
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